Ty Boeck Scores Three TDs As Soddy Daisy Wins 35-32

Brown, Jackson Score Two TDs Each For Red Bank In Tough Loss

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - by John Hunt

Justin Barnes had a tough time wiping the smile off of his face late Friday night at Soddy Daisy’s Robert Talaska Field.

His Trojans had just picked up a 35-32 victory over arch-rival Red Bank in a non-district game, but he’s been involved in three of these games as a player and now five as a coach.  He won all three as Red Bank’s quarterback before graduating in 1999 and he’s now won four of five as the Soddy Daisy coach.

‘We like to make things interesting,” he said in jest after watching the Lions come within a hair of picking up the win in the season opener for both teams.

“We did absolutely nothing right in the first half and kept giving Red Bank opportunities.  I thought we had a great game plan, but had a hard time showing it as we couldn’t get in any kind of rhythm without shooting ourselves in the foot.

“We were able to put some points on the board rather quickly when we quit beating ourselves and we were able to sustain a few drives in the second half to get our defense off the field.  We were able to make a few big plays when we appeared to be pinned deep, but we need to be attacking on offense.  We can’t keep waiting for somebody else to make a play, but I’m glad to get this one behind us,” he said.

The score was tied twice in the first half, including 14-14 at the break, while the Lions had leads of 17-14 and 24-21 in the second half.

Soddy Daisy then scored its final two TDs in the fourth quarter for a commanding 35-24 lead before Red Bank made it interesting with a late touchdown in the final minute plus a two-point conversion for a three-point deficit.

Who knows what may have happened if the Lions had recovered an onside kick, but it went out of bounds at the 40 and the Trojans were able to run out the clock as Red Bank had no timeouts remaining.

Lots of Red Bank players appeared to be dejected when the final horn sounded, but head coach Chad Grabowski refused to let his guys hang their heads.

“This is our first game and we made a lot of mistakes, but we still have at least nine games left and we have absolutely nothing to hang our heads about,” he told his guys as they gathered near midfield after the game ended.

“Look how inconsistent we were.  We can’t afford to shoot ourselves in the foot like we did and expect to win a close game, but we gave it all we had and we battled down to the very last play.  We were down by 11 points in the fourth quarter and never gave up.  And this is a whole lot better than 49-6, the final score here two years ago,” he said optimistically.

You really want to know how close this game was?  Both teams finished with 327 total yards.

Senior back Ty Boeck was certainly a difference maker as he scored three touchdowns for the game, including two in the first half on short runs and a third on a 19-yard pass from junior quarterback Gavin Chambers, who completed 19 of 24 passes for 203 yards in his first varsity start.

While Boeck had those first three TDs, Jarvis Smith and Hayden Maynor scored the final two with Smith hauling in a 29-yard pass from Chambers before Maynor scored the ultimate game-winner on a 26-yard run with 5:11 to play.

Zay Brown and Calvin Jackson had two touchdowns each for the Lions as Brown gained 100 yards on 31 carries, including TD runs of 3 and 7 yards.

Jackson scored on a two-yard run before taking a handoff from David Cosby and racing 80 yards on a kickoff return to give Red Bank its last lead with 10 seconds left in the third quarter.

Maynor was the leading rusher for the Trojans as he finished with 59 yards on six carries while Brandon Davis had 32 yards on two attempts.  Boeck finished with 24 yards rushing on six carries and added 33 more on five pass receptions.

Smith was the leading receiver with seven grabs for 67 yards as Soddy Daisy had 203 passing yards. Davis had two catches for 44 yards while Beau Blaylock caught three passes for 42 yards.

Red Bank countered with 188 yards passing and 139 on the ground.

While Brown was the rushing leader, Cosby was the leading receiver with 127 yards on six catches, including a diving grab down the right side that covered 63 yards and moved the ball down to the Soddy Daisy 13.

Unfortunately, the Lions were unable to score on that drive.

Jackson had two catches for 33 yards and he also had 33 yards rushing on a dozen attempts.

Red Bank will travel to Central next Friday while Soddy Daisy will also be on the road at East Hamilton.

RED BANK  0  14  10  8  --  32

SODDY DAISY  7  7  7  14  --  35

SD – Ty Boeck 9 run (Cooper Hamilton kick), 0:41.3 left in first;

RB – Zay Brown 3 run (Braulio Velazquez kick), 6:18 left in second;

SD – Boeck 4 run (Hamilton kick), 2:21 left in second;

RB – Calvin Jackson 2 run (Velazquez kick), 0:11.2 left in second;

RB – Velazquez 22 field goal, 4:22 left in third;

SD – Boeck 19 pass from Gavin Chambers (Hamilton kick), 0:25.7 left in third;

RB – Jackson 80 kickoff return (Velazquez kick), 0:10.3 left in third;

SD – Jarvis Smith 29 pass from Chambers (Hamilton kick), 10:25 left in fourth;

SD – Hayden Maynor 26 run (Hamilton kick), 5:11 left in fourth;

RB – Brown 7 run (Jackson run), 0:46.8 left in fourth.

(email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@gmail.com)



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